Family of teenage cancer patient thank Northampton people for support after raising £25,000

Jake Richardson, Luis Ghaut and Paul Shields
Jake Richardson, Luis Ghaut and Paul Shields

People of Northampton have been rallying around to help raise thousands of pounds for a town teenager with cancer.

The Richardsons Group was the latest business to hand over a cheque to Luis Ghaut, who was chosen to be the Northampton Saints mascot during the final at Twickenham in June.

Last year Luis, 13, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, which stopped him playing rugby for his own team, Northampton Old Scouts RFC.

Jake Richardson, managing director of the Richardson Group, presented Luis with a cheque for £740 at The Picturedrome last week where money was raised during a gig night with the Ginger Pig band.

Mr Richardson said: “We wanted to do something linking with the Saints to celebrate their victory. So we decided to invite all the team down with the cup and donate all the door proceeds from the Ginger Pig gig to the fund.

“It was a great night. We’re really glad that we can help.”

Three major fundraising events have raised around £25,000 which will be donated to various charities including the Disney Ward at Northampton General Hospital where Luis has treatment.

Fundraisers have included a golf day at Collingtree Gold Club, an abseil at Northampton’s lift tower and a fundraising night at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday last week where around £10,000 was raised.

Luis’ father, Lee Ghaut, said: “It was a great night at Franklin’s Gardens. There was live music, auctions, raffles, a silent auction. Thank you to everyone who came down to support us and have fun.”

The fundraising committee also hope to spend some of the money raised on a holiday for Luis.

Lee said: “We can’t thank the people of Northampton enough for their support.

“We’ve been absolutely amazed by the response of people.

“Thank you to the people of Northampton, the Saints ruby club and the Northampton Old Scouts.

“Community spirit has shone through and we’re overwhelmed.

“We want to thank Duncan and April Geddes, Lisa and Jamie Barnes, Laura Chicuta and the rest of the fundraising committee.”

Luis proudly led the Saints team out onto the field at Twickenham last month where they went on to win the final. Luis said their win was the best thing that had happened to him since he starting his treatment.

Luis was also on the open-top bus ride through Northampton with the team the following day.

Paul Shields, team manager at the Saints, said: “We’re very proud and honoured to be associated with it. Luis is an inspirational young man.

“He is heavily involved with us. He led us out at the final and we’re only happy to support him,

“Whenever you’re having a bad day just think of Luis and what he’s going through.

“We’re happy to help in anyway we can.”